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wreaks -- it just pores off of this guy. joan, good to have you with us tonight. >> thanks, ed. >> tonight in our phone survey i asked is it okay for republicans to ban democrats from their political events? here are the results. interesting.. campaign controversy. former president bill clinton throws a wrench into florida's three-way race for u.s. senate. smoking gun, a new report finds disturbing details leading up to the gulf oil disaster. and, wake up call. an australian man narrowly escapes death after a car crashes into his bedroom in the middle of the night. good morning. i'm lynn berry. those stories and more straight ahead. this is "first look" on msnbc.
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we begin this morning with down the home stretch. with four days to go until election day, there have been complications for both parties. . for democrats the florida senate race has take an twist courtesy of former president bill clinton. republicans are still trying to figure out what impact the tea party will have once the polls open. tracie poth pots is in washington with more on all of this. tracie, good morning. >> lynn, good morning. florida's kendrick meek is in third place in that senate race with only about 15% of the vote, according to the latest poll. now president bill clinton has been a long-time democratic ally, but there's word this morning that he may have asked meek to step aside. florida's democrat for senate says president clinton never pressured him to quit.
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>> no one has called me and said, hey, you need to get out of the race. >> reporter: but a clinton spokesperson says they did discuss that if meek drops out, independent charlie crist can win and keep that seat from going republican. clinton chided the media for jumping on the story and mocked sarah palin. >> sarah palin's best line in this whole campaign, it made me cringe, was, how's that hopey, changey thing working for you now? so how's that trickle thing down working for us? >> reporter: palin's jumped into alaska's three-way senate race trying to help tea party republican joe miller beat a democrat and senator lisa murkowski. >> instead of debating the issue, what they're trying to do, throwing everything and the kitchen sink at our joe miller. >> reporter: miller's trailing in the polls, so is delaware's tea party republican christine o'donnell. >> it's going to be difficult to reign these guys in. >> reporter: in california senate republican candidate carly fiorina is out of the hospital and back on her key
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issue, jobs. her opponent barbara boxer has an eight-point lead in the polls. that's because she's picked up independents, bucking the trend. polls show many independents plan to vote republican this year. lynn? >> tracy potts in washington, thanks so much. on this subject of former president clinton's involvement in the florida race last night on "countdown with keith owe berman" he meek's competitor charlie crist to clarify whether or not clinton attempted to get meek to drop out. >> those discussions did occur, i can tell you that much. i think what's happening in florida is common sense democrats, republicans and independents understand that the way in which we defeat a right wing radical in marco rubio who wants to overturn roe versus wade, not have stem cell research to help those who have alzheimer's, cancer, diabetes and other maladies that might be difficult, and as i talked about as it relate us to, regrettably, not you regrettably, but you and
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other people who he thought didn't love america enough they should leave the country, that's kind of radical right extremism people don't want, that the former president doesn't support, and that common sense democrats, independents and republicans do not support in the sunshine state and that's what's going on. >> as we're speaking here the, the meek campaign has been in touch with us and wanted to ask by proxy a question, how would you know there have been conversations about mr. meek dropping out? >> how would i know? >> how would you know? >> i had numerous phone calls with people very close to president clinton. >> be sure to join keith owe berman week nights at 8:00 eastern as he counts down all the top stories and don't miss a minute of our continuing political coverage with live reports from the campaign trail and live extended programming all week long. keep it here on msnbc, the place for politics, and the place to stay on top of the 2010 mid-it term elections. a government panel has uncovered a potential cause of the deadly blowout of bp's oil
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well in the gulf that led to the worst environmental disaster in history. the presidential commission looking into the disaster received evidence that bp and halliburton knew months before the accident that the cement mixture that they were using to seal the well wasn't holding. the cement's mixture and the failure to prevent oil and gas from entering the well has been identified by bp and others as one of the causes of the explosion. halliburton is now acknowledging that it never tested the final mixture after a last-minute change from bp. an nbc news exclusive, shows early results from an ongoing pentagon study that finds the majority of u.s. troops do not object to serving alongside openly gay troops in the military. nbc's richard engel who first reported the findings yesterday, reports military sources say the majority of troops also believe don't ask don't tell could be done away with. some service members, however, did strongly object to a change in the controversial policy. the final pentagon report is due out in december.
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an arkansas school board member is under fire for saying on facebook that he thinks gays should kill themselves and he is now resigning. hours after protesters rallied outside a school in response to the postings, the board member, clint mccance, said in a televised interview that he's resigning but that he might still run again in the future. speaking last night on cnn, mccance apologized for his comments, which included that he enjoyed that gays, quote, often give each other aids and die. here's your first look at some of the other news going around america today. in california, green balloons dotted the sky as friends and family honored the memory of lucas ranson. the southern california teen killed by a shark last week. and then true to the memory of what he loved best, friends paddled out in mass into the ocean's waves. in new york, a rare and exquisite blue diamond is on
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display at the american museum of natural history. dug from the mines of india, the 35.5 carat gem is notable for its size, color, cut and long history, which includes a list of royal owners dating as far back as the 1600s. and in new jersey, it's always best to compete in favorable conditions in a sport. and that includes meat cutting. who knew that was a sport? several meat cutters sliced, diced and fileted blocks of meat in a chilly 38 degrees ice rink, perfect for butchering and cooling some nerves. the winner advances to the championship and pockets 20 grand. but the real winners are the local shops that will receive 200 pounds of ground sirloin. for a look at your national weather, we turn to nbc meteorologist bill karins with the weather channel forecast who enjoys a good filet mignon for breakfast. >> i think i'm going with steak kwauv with extra sauce and dip the fries in. >> >> i thought you were the
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every man. >> that's right. just throw it on the grill and let it cook. >> exactly. >> let's talk about the cold start to our morning. things have changed. it's now back to fall for the east coast. yesterday was a warm, beautiful day, though. appreciate that and bottle it up. it will probably be a long time before we're that warm again. the cool air is invading. 29 in minneapolis. pretty good frost and freeze here in the middle of the country. a lot of people this is what we probably call the end of the growing season for missouri, illinois, iowa, wisconsin and minnesota. that cold front has pushed off the eastern seaboard so that's good. now we're not going to have to deal with any rainfall today and it's a simple forecast. high pressure is in control. the next storm system isn't really approaching anywhere. it's still off the coast of california. we have a pretty dry forecast out there for all of your weekend. i mean we're dry really all the way until monday or tuesday of next week. that's when we'll deal with the next storm for the east coast. high pressure, dry weather. it is a little chilly out there. make sure you have that winter coat as you head out the door, maybe the hat and gloves for
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some of the kids in the northern plains. this is our 48-hour rainfall totals. maybe south florida gets a tiny bit of rain but notice the dry trend throughout the country. yesterday we had our 18th named system form, tropical storm shary, a weak system that will brush by bermuda and race back out to sea. the cold front pushing off the east coast will take this and kick it out. it's amazing we made it all the way to our "s" named storms. your forecast for today, a cool start as i mentioned in many areas in the northern plains and will only be 51 in chicago, much of the great lakes will be cold, but at least it will be sunny in the eastern seaboard. we'll call it 80s in florida. the only warm spot, everybody else is in the 50s and 60s. this is where we should be this time of year, end of october into november that's when we start talking about our first freezes and frosts, that sort of stuff into your job. bill, thanks. >> yeah. wall street waits, microsoft surprises, and blame it all on mcdonald's. your first look at this
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welcome back to "first look." here are some of the top stories making news this morning. the food and drug administration has rejected an experimental diet pill touted by some as the most promising weight loss drug in more than a decade. the drug called qnexa, is the third weight loss medicine to be denied approval this month due to security concerns. this morning's "wall street journal" reports transportation officials are stepping up scrutiny of some boeing 757 planes after a two-foot hole opened up at 31,000 feet during an american airlines flight from miami to boston this week. fortunately there were no injuries. an indonesian volcano that erupted and killed 33 people earlier this week is spewing clouds of hot ash and lava today.
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it comes as rescuers struggle to cope with the rising death toll from the assume ntsunami in another part of the country. the twin disasters have claimed the lives of over 400 people. two volcanos in russia are tosses ash into the air, forcing flights to divert and covering one town with heavy ash. an australian man is lucky to be alive after a car crashed into his house and landed on the bed he had been sleeping in moments before. the homeowner says he got up in the nick of time to use his computer. that's some good luck. and now here's your first look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at 11,113 after falling 12 points yesterday. the s&p edged up one point. the nasdaq added 4. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo the nikkei lost 163 points, while in hong kong the hang sang dropped 114. and wall street has taken on a holding pattern, waiting to see what happens with two big
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events next week. both mid-term elections and the feds long expected move to stimulate the economy will finally play out and thursday, the street was in wait and see mode. largely ignoring both earnings and economic data. investors ignored the dollar. recently as the dollar goes, stocks usually go the other way. well yesterday, despite the dollar falling stocks slipped instead of rising. even bright job numbers failed to move stocks. fewer people applied for unemployment benefits last week, then in any week since july. there were, of course, some notable exceptions. halliburton tumbled 8% after a white house panel said the contractor ignored cement design flaws, weeks before the gulf oil disaster. 3 m dropped almost 6% after trimming its outlook due to recent acquisition costs. but not all corporate news was bad. eastman kodak rose more than 15% after reporting a boost in demand for home and office printers.
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motorola jumped 2% after its phone division posted profit for the first time in three years. keep an eye today on microsoft. after the bell the tech giant reported its net income surged 51%, beating expectations. elsewhere, jp morgan chase and hsbc were hit by two investor lawsuits, accusing them of conspiring to drive down silver prices and reaping hundreds of millions in illegal profits. and finally, get this, a brazilian court ordered mcdonald's to pay a former manager $17,000 because he gained 65 pounds while working there 12 years. the man blamed being forced to sample food every day to ensure quality and free lunches offered it to employees by the chain. well, a less than magical debut for the nba's top pick. and hungry like the wolfpack. plus, the texas bull pen fell apart in game two of the world series, putting the rangers in a giant hole. your first look at sports is straight ahead.
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welcome back to "first look." i'm lynn berry. in sports the world series is headed for texas and if the rangers pitching doesn't improve it's not going to be returning to the bay area any time soon. here's nbc's fred roggin. good morning. if you want to keep it real, how real is this? the san francisco giants weren't even supposed to be here, and they won the nl west on the last day of the season and now they're two wins away from a world series title. to san francisco, matt cain did
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everything right and had a little luck on his side. the rangers ian kinsler with a drive deep to center, off the top of the wall and bounced back into center field. kinsler couldn't believe it. one more time. the ball landed on the very top of the fence and that's as close as it gets. bottom five, edgar renteria showed kinsler how it's done. solo over the home field wall, giants led it, 1-0. cain got out of the jam in the sixth. cain struck out two, but kept the rangers scoreless. for 7 2/3. giants blew it wide open in the eighth. sacks full and renteria again. an rbi single scored a pair. giants lead the world series, two games to none. series moves to texas for game three tomorrow night. at 7:00 eastern. the giants jonathan sanchez and the rangers colby lewis are the problems. john walsh's nba debut one he would like to forget. the magic embarrassed the wizards. vince carter the lay-up and one. orlando up by 14 after the first quarter and this one was over by half. dwight howard, a huge dunk.
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he had 23. game so easy for howard, he was doing pushups on the sidelines. magic won, 112-83. major upset in college football, number 16 florida state up three. fourth and goal for nc state. russell wilson found george bryant in the end zone. the wolfpack rallied to take the lead 28-24. plenty of time left for the seminoles they drove the length of the field but christian ponder fumbled the ball in the red zone. nc state recovered under a minute to play. they held on to upset florida state 28-24. that's your first look at sports. have a great weekend. i'm fred roggin. for another quick look at the weather here's nbc meteorologist bill karins with the weather channel forecast. bill, good morning. >> cold morning, lynn, in the east. >> yes, it is. >> definitely feel the changes here as expected. temperatures are only in the 40s this morning in areas from all the way outside of the big cities, philadelphia almost in the 40s now. it's a cold, brisk morning. you will have the heater on in the car as you head out the door. definitely the jacket weather today. we've even got some rain out
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there, off lake effect rain by the way. cold air over the lakes of erie and ontario. wouldn't surprise me if the higher elevations with a little snow mixing in. syracuse to watertown the only concern. the forecast for today, some clouds mixed with sun, much cooler, breezy too. temperatures in the 50s here from boston to philly. d.c. may be the only auto area to eek out around 62 degrees. a look at your weekend forecast. saturdays looks like a nice day. once again we're going to stay in this cool air mass and even the halloween, not much is going to change over the next four to five days. we will still stay in a cooler weather pattern but we're going to be dry. you have to like that for halloween. definitely around buffalo and pittsburgh for the young kids, you're probably going to want to bundle them up a little bit with the costumes outside of the warmer clothes. everybody else should be in the 50s. the rest of the country pretty similar forecast. only the west coast will be wet over the next couple days. middle of the nation cold start today, nice finish. even into saturday and even into halloween from minneapolis to chicago to dallas to florida,
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many areas are looking just fine. should be very nice for all those big parties and the trick or treat forecast contests, all that stuff. >> all the costumes. they don't have to wear their jackets. like that if ghost you have going on over your shoulder there. >> what ghost? >> like "where's waldo" on me. >> don't go all "paranormal activity" on me, lynn. >> that's coming up, bill. >> the verdict is in in the anna nicole smith drug trial. plus, this weekend, at the holiday box office, there's a battle brewing between two horror franchises with bad blood in the past. your first look at entertainment is straight ahead. you're watching "first look" on msnbc. ♪
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welcome back to "first look." i'm lynn berry. last flight on "late night with jimmy fallon" he took aim at the appearance of the vice president. >> did you guys see this during a campaign stop, in new york this week, joe biden said to have volunteered if i had your hair i would have been president. in response the guy was like, if i had your hair i wouldn't bring up the subject of hair. check this out. "esquire" magazine ranked president obama one of the world's best dressed politicians. while north korean leader kim jong il was ranked best female janitor who also happens to be a politici politician. this is an interesting story. a group of nfl wives started a company that aims to reduce extramarital affairs within the
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league. i don't know. looks like they haven't gotten very favre -- far. tonight jimmy welcomes lawy s l linney and josh charles. week nights at 12:35, 11:35 central time on your local nbc station. and it's time now for your first look at entertainment news. a mixed verdict came down yesterday in the trial of members of anna nicole smith's inner circle. charged with enabling her prescription drug use. howard k. stern, smith's boifrlds and lawyer, and her psychiatrist were both convicted of conspiring to get the former playboy model and reality tv star painkillers and sedatives. it was not immediately clear how much prison time, if any, they could face. the physician who prescribed most of her pain medications was acquitted of all charges. at the box office this weekend, "saw 3d" is being billed as the last in the successful fright franchise. so, can it finish number one over last week's winner "paranormal activity 2."
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last year on halloween weekend we had the exact same matchup and "saw 6" got slashed upset by the original "paranormal activity." experts are cautious to predict an over $20 million win for "saw 3d." and under 20 million second place for "paranormal activity 2." still given last year's upset, those predictions, well, they're holding their breath. i'm lynn berry. this is "first look" on msnbc. stay tuned. "way too early" with willie geist starts right now. four days until the mid-term election and bill clinton, finds himself the headliner as he confirms he had conversations with kendrick meek about dropping out of the florida senate race to help independent charlie crist. the question is, does the leak of this news backfire on crist and his scramble to catch marco rubio? meanwhile, alaska republican senate candidate joe miller called in the big gun to stop his slide in the polls. the ques

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